Van Gaal delivers latest Man United injury update after Leicester draw

Louis van Gaal reveals that Wayne Rooney picked up a minor injury in Manchester United's 1-1 draw at Leicester City

Louis van Gaal has revealed that he opted to substitute Wayne Rooney during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City because the striker picked up an injury in a clash with Robert Huth.

Rooney was replaced by Memphis Depay in the 69th minute at the King Power Stadium as Van Gaal’s men chased a winner against the Foxes.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the final whistle, Van Gaal explained: “He was a little bit injured. You saw him limping. I wanted to change a striker because they were not running in behind.

“I could have chosen [Anthony] Martial because he didn’t deliver either. So that’s why I changed Rooney, because he was a little bit injured.”

Reflecting on the result, Van Gaal added: “I have said to my players, these are the kind of matches you have to win if you want to be champions at the end of the season.”

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Jamie Vardy netted the opener after a sweeping counter attack from the home side following a United corner at King Power Stadium.

Vardy held off Ashley Young’s challenges as he slotted a cool finish past David De Gea to put the Foxes ahead in the 24th minute.

The goal means that Vardy now holds the all-time Premier League record for scoring in successive top-flight games, with the forward having beaten former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s previous tally of 10.

Bastian Schwensteiger then headed in an equaliser for Van Gaal’s men from a corner before half-time.

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